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  • The Business of Being Born (2008) 

    Pollesche, Jessica
    In 2008, Barranca Productions released a documentary called The Business of Being Born, detailing the topic of childbirth. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein produced and directed the documentary. The documentary explores pregnancy ...
  • Milan Vuitch (1915–1993) 

    Higginbotham, Victoria
    Milan Vuitch was an abortion provider in the twentieth century, who performed thousands of abortions in Washington, DC, at a time when abortions were legal only if they preserved the life or health of the pregnant woman. ...
  • The Whelan Method of Sex Selection 

    Blight, Alysse
    The Whelan Method of Sex Selection is a method for increasing a couple’s probability of conceiving an infant of the desired sex through timing intercourse. Elizabeth Whelan, a public health researcher, suggested that couples ...
  • The Magdalene Sisters (2002) 

    Darby, Alexis
    In 2002, Miramax Entertainment released The Magdalene Sisters, a film that portrays an interpretation of the true events experienced by four young women who were forcibly placed into a Magdalene asylum in Dublin, Ireland, ...
  • Chernobyl Heart (2003) 

    Pollesche, Jessica
    In 2003, HBO Original Programming released the documentary Chernobyl Heart. Maryann De Leo directed and produced the film, which is about the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident and how the radiation from that accident ...
  • Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (2007) 

    Higginbotham, Victoria
    Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood) was the 2007 US Supreme Court case in which the Court declared the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 constitutional, making ...
  • Barbara Seaman (1935–2008) 

    Horwitz, Rainey
    Barbara Seaman was a writer, investigator, and advocate for female healthcare rights during the twentieth century in the United States. Seaman’s work addressed the gendered prejudice she observed in the US healthcare system ...
  • The ‘Kangaroo-Method’ for Treating Low Birth Weight Babies in a Developing Country” (1994), by Nils Bergman and Agneta Jürisoo 

    Grayson, Claire E.
    In the 1994 article “The ‘Kangaroo-Method’ for Treating Low Birth Weight Babies in a Developing Country,” authors Nils Bergman and Agneta Jürisoo evaluate the effectiveness of the Kangaroo Care method in treating low birth ...
  • The Woman Rebel (1914) 

    Horwitz, Rainey
    In the early twentieth century, birth control advocate Margaret Sanger published eight issues of a feminist magazine called The Woman Rebel. During this time, discussion of sex education, birth control, and ...
  • Dana Louise Raphael (1926–2016) 

    Darby, Alexis
    Dana Louise Raphael was an anthropologist and breastfeeding advocate in the US during the twentieth century. After she was unable to breastfeed her own infant, Raphael began to research why breastfeeding was more ...
  • Twilight Sleep 

    Pollesche, Jessica
    Twilight Sleep (Dammerschlaf) was a form of childbirth first used in the early twentieth century in Germany in which drugs caused women in labor to enter a state of sleep prior to giving birth and awake from childbirth ...
  • Kangaroo Mother Care 

    Grayson, Claire E.
    Physician researchers Edgar Rey Sanabria and Héctor Martínez-Gómez developed the Kangaroo Mother Program in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1979, as an alternative to conventional incubator treatment for low birth weight infants. As ...
  • “Improving Women’s Health”: Section 3509 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 

    Gerais, Reem
    In 2010, US Congress enacted section 3509 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ACA, to target issues relating to women’s health. The ACA, signed into law by US President Barack Obama, aimed to increase ...
  • John George Children (1777–1852) 

    Kaminsky, Brittany
    John George Children described several species of insects and animals while working at the British Museum in London, England, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Children also conducted research on chemical batteries ...
  • Mammography 

    Ziganshina, Dina
    Mammography or mastography is an imaging technology used in the twentieth century for the detection of breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. Breast cancer is an abnormal growth in breast tissue that can spread to ...
  • Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913–1994) 

    Ziganshina, Dina
    Roger Wolcott Sperry studied the function of the nervous system in the US during the twentieth century. He studied split-brain patterns in cats and humans that result from separating the two hemispheres of the ...
  • Priscilla White (1900–1989) 

    Castagnetti, Blaise
    Priscilla White studied the treatment of diabetes in mothers, pregnant women, and children during the twentieth century in the US. White began working with children with Type 1 diabetes in 1924 at Elliott Proctor ...
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989) 

    Abboud, Carolina J.
    In the 1989 case Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a Missouri law regulating abortion care. The Missouri law prohibited the use of public facilities, employees, ...
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) 

    Gerais, Reem
    In the 2014 case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the US Supreme Court ruled that the contraceptive mandate promulgated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violated privately held, for-profit corporations’ right ...
  • The British Doctors’ Study (1951–2001) 

    Gaetano, Phil
    From 1951 to 2001, researchers at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, conducted the British Doctors’ Study, a study that examined the smoking habits, disease rates, and mortality rates of physicians in Britain. ...

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